pigeon post | 24.10.2011 15:08 | Free Spaces
father gregory grant in portland square
The PG group and its associated Trust were set up by Fr. Gregory and the late Peter Bradley. PG is a development company, doing up properties around Bristol for profit and then giving a proportion of the profits to the Grant Bradley Trust. Although PG Group claims to be providing affordable homes, the properties on the PG website http://www.thepggroup.co.uk/home/ certainly aren't. PG's developments are contributing to the gentrification of areas of Bristol like St Pauls where the Factory is situated, pricing those on low incomes out of both purchase and rental markets. In other words, the work of PG Group is making poverty worse, not better, at least in Bristol.
WHO WOULD JESUS EVICT - quite possibly violently - AND EXPLOIT?
Evicting an established and community-oriented project and making money at the expense of the poor don't seem like very Christian activities (Who would Jesus evict or exploit?), still less something a parish priest should be so intimately involved with.
Read more about PG and Fr. Gregory here:
COURT HEARING THIS WEEK
The eviction court hearing date was brought forward with just a few days notice from 31 October to this Wednesday, again not a very charitable or 'Christian' action. The Factory is organising a march and demonstration from midday on Wednesday 26 October. Get there to support if you possibly can. Full details:
LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
In the meantime, if you want to raise your concerns about the activities of Father Gregory Grant and the PG Group, here are some contacts:
Rev. Gregory Grant
St George's Heights
140B Church Road
Bristol, BS5 9HN
Tel: 0117 955 7662
The PG Group can be contacted at:
Stewart Gaiger, Director
The PG Group
Bristol, BS5 9JL
Tel: 0117 955 5537 and Fax: 0117 902 1344
And you can contact the Bishop of Clifton Diocese (who oversees all the parish priests in the West of England):
Rt. Rev. Declan Lang
Bristol, BS8 3PW
Tel: 0117 973 3072
The barrister acting for PG Group's apparent shell company Cave Street Ltd was a rather shy Michael Selway QC, who wouldn't tell me his Christian name, of Guildhall Chambers. Solicitors were Clarke Willmott.